Printed: July 27, 2020 7:06:34 pm
A lawyer for British tabloid The Solar claimed Monday that Johnny Depp abused Amber Heard throughout their relationship, committing acts of violence fueled by misogyny and unleashed by dependancy to alcohol and medicines.
Legal professional Sasha Wass was summing up at Depp’s libel case in opposition to the newspaper over an article alleging he bodily abused ex-wife Heard — a high-stakes movie star trial during which the reputations of each former spouses are at stake.
Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, writer of The Solar, and the newspaper’s govt editor, Dan Wootton, on the Excessive Courtroom in London over an April 2018 article, which referred to as him a “wife-beater.” He strongly denies being violent to Heard.
The case is because of finish Tuesday, however choose Andrew Nicol just isn’t anticipated to ship his ruling for a number of weeks.
In closing arguments, Wass mentioned the newspaper’s protection “is one among fact — particularly that Mr. Depp did certainly beat his spouse.”
Wass mentioned there was “overwhelming proof of home violence or wife-beating habits, cataloged over a three-year interval.”
She mentioned Depp was “a hopeless addict who repeatedly misplaced his self-control and all means to restrain his anger.”
“Permeating the entire proof on this case is the character of Mr. Depp himself — his well-documented proof of violence and destruction over his grownup life which have occurred when he was below the affect of drink and medicines.”
She mentioned Depp “has a reputation for this metamorphosed entity — particularly, The Monster.”
Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the next 12 months, and the divorce was finalized in 2017.
The previous spouses have each been in court docket all through three weeks of testimony on the grand neo-Gothic court docket constructing, although Depp didn’t attend on Monday morning. His lawyer is because of sum up on Tuesday.
Attorneys, journalists and members of the general public, unfold throughout a number of video-linked courtrooms to permit for social distancing, have heard lurid particulars of the couple’s tempestuous relationship. The proof has revealed alleged prodigious consuming and drug consumption, livid arguments, hurled objects and a deposit of excrement left in a mattress — whether or not by canine or human is disputed.
The Solar’s protection depends on 14 allegations made by Heard of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016, in settings together with his non-public island within the Bahamas, a rented home in Australia throughout filming of a Pirates of the Caribbean film — the place Depp’s finger was severed in contested circumstances — and the couple’s downtown Los Angeles penthouse, which was trashed throughout the couple’s altercations.
Wass mentioned that the primary 12 months of the connection, throughout which Depp was sober, was “idyllic,” however that the violence began in 2013 after he relapsed.
Throughout 4 days within the witness field final week, Heard claimed Depp flew into jealous rages and become violent alter ego the “Monster” inebriated and medicines. She accused him of slapping and hitting her and throwing bottles at her “like grenades,” and claimed that she typically feared for her life throughout their relationship.
Heard’s proof was backed by witnesses together with her sister Whitney Henriquez, who mentioned she had seen Depp hit Heard “a number of occasions” throughout a fracas on the couple’s LA penthouse in March 2015.
Depp, who gave proof for nearly 5 days, branded the allegations a “hoax” and claimed Heard was the aggressor throughout their unstable relationship.
Depp’s former romantic companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder signed written witness statements saying he had by no means been violent to them, and a number of other present or former workers gave proof backing Depp’s model of occasions.
Wass mentioned these witnesses had been “tainted” as a result of they relied on Depp for his or her livelihoods and had “come to court docket to lie for his or her boss.”
Depp acknowledged utilizing all kinds of medication together with marijuana, cocaine and opioid painkillers, however denied medication made him violent.
Summarizing the protection case, Wass mentioned that “a deep misogyny … lay on the root of Mr. Depp’s anger.”
“He created a misogynistic persona of (Heard) because the stereotype of a nagging girl,” Wass mentioned. She mentioned Depp branded Heard “a gold-digger, a shrew and an adulterer” with a purpose to discredit her.
“Ms. Heard tolerated the violence and the abuse as a result of she beloved Mr. Depp and she or he believed she was able to getting him higher,” the lawyer mentioned.
However she mentioned Heard’s makes an attempt to assist Depp kick his addictions backfired.
“Mr. Depp was each ashamed and aggravated by what he noticed as Ms. Heard’s criticism and his inadequacies and this served to inflame Mr. Depp solely to make the state of affairs worse,” the lawyer mentioned.
“Every time he fell off the wagon his grip on actuality grew to become increasingly more tenuous and his conduct grew to become extra violent and extra excessive.”
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